Desert Iguana

Desert Iguana
Dipsosaurus dorsalis

Meet one of the most common lizards in the deserts of the southwestern United States! These stout, gray lizards roam the scrublands and creosote flats of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. True to their name, desert iguanas are quite heat tolerant and can be seen out and about even during the most sweltering part of the day.

Their moderate size, lack of defenses, and relative commonness make them an important food source for predators of all types in the desert including raptors, snakes, and mammals. They are also frequently used in scientific research and can be a good pet for responsible owners.

Our desert iguanas came from Cal State Fullerton as part of a research study for thermoregulation. They lived together for approximately two years until they were placed for permanent residence here at Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Godzilla is the larger lizard with a black “mask” around his eyes and Kaiju is the smaller lizard. You can find them living together with our chuckwallas in the exhibit hall!